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Grateful Dead Live at Sports Arena on 1994-12-18


Topics Live concert


Touch Of Gray, Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Walkin' Blues,Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, El Paso*, Loose Lucy, Let It Grow Victim Or The Crime-> Crazy Fingers-> Playin' In The Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> The Last Time-> Attics Of My Life;, Johnny B. Goode, E: It's All Over Now Baby Blue


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Sports Arena
Location Los Angeles, CA

Source Audience: AKG 460B/CK8
Lineage AKG 460B/CK8 > Sony D3 (48khz) > DA-20mkII > Hosa S/PDIF > Delta DiO 2496 > Peak > WAV @44.1k > SHN (No DAE) > shntool > SHN
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Transferred by Jon Seff and Chris L.

Notes

Shntool fix (by Chris L) of original AKG seed; See info file for details; AKG 460B + CK8 > D3 @48kTransfer: DA-20mkII > Hosa S/PDIF > Delta DiO 2496 > Peak > WAV @44.1k > SHN (no extraction)
Transferred, SHNed and seeded by Jon Seff (jon@seff.net)

Reviews

Reviewer: stratocaster - - March 11, 2007
Subject: 12-18-1994 LA Roadtrip
First set was interesting, but seemed disjointed. El Paso and Let It Grow were good and the Jerry tunes had their moments. In the second set, Victim had a weird energy and Crazy Fingers was the best version that I heard live and is the best version of the 94-95 era (teleprompters certainly helped this number). Playin' had a nice jam that settled into a surprisingly good Terrapin...lyrically nice, very spacey middle jam and Garcia breaks out his lightening runs in the hot outtro jam (haven't heard those in awhile)...Attics is good and the encore Baby Blue is fantastic

caveat: this show should get about a 3.5...more on the songs that are good than the listening quality, which is tolerable
Reviewer: MCSZ - - December 21, 2005
Subject: 2 Stars
Reviewer: lobster12 - - April 11, 2005
Subject: unusual
Short show overall. The first set highlight was El paso- no kidding. Second set has a passionate Terrapin. Victim was a nice surprise since it was a sunday show and I thought samson was a slam dunk. The post space portions, short as they are are well played. Check out the Stella Blue fake out before Attics. Can't really describe the show. Unusual-not bad- but unusual.
Reviewer: Saint Steven - - March 2, 2005
Subject: Raunchy and Good Ol' Grateful Dead
This is probably my favorite night of the 4 shows. The sound on this audience is quite nice it captures the show well. Highly recommend this one for any collecter. These were the 1st of the tele-promter shows. I heard they did not have synching of the the lyrics to the music tempo. Hence it was worse than without them. A couple of songs are painful but a overall a great energy show.

They come out real strong with a one-two punch, a powerful Touch of Grey and a rockin Greatest Story Ever Told. They hit all the changes still charging ahead with spunkall singing We will get by!. I think the previous night's energy from the Branford show spilled well into this show. Jerry tuning after indictes an Althea coming up, it has quite a bouncey uptempo obviously still reeling from the openers. I think they were going faster than the tele-promters because Jerry mixes up quite a few lines. Walkin Blues really has it goin on, has a real great groove and sounds going on not too extended. Next is a rare appearnce of Phils Tom Thumbs Blues welcome with a lot of crowd enthusiasum. It starts a little rough but pulls together quickly into a true gem. Bobby then picks up the acoustic guitar for nice working-over of Marty Robbins El Paso. I think he even gets all or most of the lyrics. Loose Lucy gets the crowd in a real boogie. This one I think well represents the gooey blues-funk sound that worked real well in the later years. Two minute breather then a fast-tempo yet most beatiful and thick Let it Grow. It charges full-steam into a Jerry fury complete a la Phil smart bombs. A real good way to throw and exclamation point on an a great set.

For set two you could feel the excitement it in the air. They were firing on all cylanders in set one A little tuning and a drums kicks it off set 2!!! About a minute or two of drums twisted into a powerful and well-played Victim or the Crime. It gets way out there. Obviously a drummers choice with Vince and Jerry doing some even more interesting stuff in there. This is fades into, ahhhhhh Crazy Fingers! The 1st time the band has actually relaxed into a slow groove all night. It is loaded with Jerry-eMotion and still sparks-it-up. The gone are the days harmonizing is very stong with Jerry stomping his signatures solos all over. The end jam is long and goes way over-the-top. Phil and Jerry hammering their strings with the drums Bobby and Vince throwing-in the accents and back into the Crazy Fingers theme that quickly turns into a nice and raunchy Playin in the Band. Jerry actually tries to throw all the picks in that he wasnt doing the past few years. Anyway, the place was in full-tilt-boogie with the big sounds and high-peak-rolls. We were back riding that crest of the wave!!! Playin was jammed well into a nicely executed Lady with a Fan. It seems like some of the band is still fast on the tempo and Jerry was trying to calm things down. They start to rock out like a freight train from the Crickets and Cicadas line and beyond into the land of Terrapin. It was a short 20 minute drums/space that creeped into The Stones Last Time. I always found rockin songs hard coming out of space but this one is gentle and fun. It builds everyone into frenzy before slowing down and transitioning perfectly into ATTICS!!! Finally my 1st. It was done quite emotionally and right on-the-money. Before you knew it Johnny B Goode is putting us all into another crazy state and the show is over. You get a clue to this when it seems if they play any harder the stacks would blow up. Quite an increbile set.

To top is all off a very nicely played Baby Blue encore. It had been some time for me and Baby Blue. Left the show feeling wonderful and fully satisfied.
Reviewer: pheeltrey - - February 3, 2005
Subject: My First Show
I am thankful that I could download my first Dead show here. Though I didn't see many shows, having this momment in my life to pop into my stereo anytime I want is really great.
Reviewer: ny dead - - February 2, 2005
Subject: jerrry gets
these were fun shows if memory serves except the lapd helicopters bothering from above, but one thing i remember is the terapin at mcnichols a few weeks earlier jerry forgot the "Inspiration" vocal and it was like uh.....people were looking around like what happened well we know what happened was father time catching up to our beloved jerry, god love em', but we love them so we keep going to see them and on this night he did not forget and it was just great to sing along...god bless the grateful dead..if by chance you read this shawn stitt ...you remember dont you...peace scott arnold
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